Card 4 — He of the Fiery Sword

From the Faeries' Oracle...

Starter Reading

The presence of the fiery sword's master in a reading can indicate that there is (or there is a need for) clear and focused will and a determination to carry through on decisions, even if much effort is required. Or he can tell us that such will and strength is present and available to us in regard to the issues under consideration. We need to consider how He is expressing His will and strength and how that expression may be enhanced or improved.

It is this Singer's energy that enables us to burst the bonds of an outgrown way of being and move on to the next level. He indicates that this is a time to take action based on clear spiritual will. His presence indicates great strength and great potential for good. It also reminds us that, if we call upon Him, we will receive assistance. The presence of this card in a reading radiates strength and willpower to the cards around it.

Faery Lore — the inside story

The Active Principle. Spiritual Will. Justice. Strength. Protection.

When the Òran Mór, the Great Song, comes into any of the manifest worlds — this world or Faery or any other — it first encounters two principles, sometimes called yin and yang, or masculine and feminine, or the Great Goddess and the Great God. He of the Fiery Sword is the primary manifestation of the yang principle — action, will, movement, force, fire. We see Him in many ways, each one an aspect of his total being. All of the great gods and protecters are aspects of this power. Written on the blade are the words, Draw me not without cause, nor return me without honor. A member of the Oracle group noted, "His fiery sword illuminates truth and dispels not-truth."

The fiery sword is the archetype of all magical and mundane swords, of us, both in will and in compassion. Another of the Oracle group reminds us, "He will do what needs to be done with love."

We can call upon the master of the fiery sword when we have difficult things to do, when we need to take action that is going to require much of us, both in will and in compassion.

When looking at this card, my neighbor saw it not as a sword but as a feather of light. He saw it as a symbol of the ability to fly, to rise above things. An Oracle group member saw it as someone reaching up, ascending, surrounded by multiple reflections, and filled with light and power.

To understand this card more fully, please read the comments on She of the Cruach (Card 5). They are the two halves of the same whole.

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Jessica Macbeth & Brian Froud

Text copyright ©2000 by Jessica Macbeth.
Art copyright ©2000 by Brian Froud. All rights reserved.